In the year 1311, in the highest tower of Cloud of Sparrows Castle, a beautiful woman watches as enemies gather below. As she calmly awaits her fate, she begins to write the secret history of the Okumichi clan...of the gift of prophecy they share and the extraordinary destiny that awaits them.
Six centuries later, these remarkable writings are uncovered by an American missionary named Emily Gibson. She meets Lord Genji of the Okumichi clan, a nobleman with a gift of prophecy who must defend his embattled family and confront forbidden feelings for an outsider in his midst. But Emily has found a mission of her own: translating Genji's ancestral history. As she sifts through the fragile scrolls, she begins to see threads of her own life woven into the ancient writings. And as past and present collide, a hidden history comes to life, and with it a secret prophecy that has been shrouded for centuries, and may now finally be revealed.
Intricately woven, magically told, Autumn Bridge, the follow-up to Cloud of Sparrows, is a feast for the senses.
©2014 Takashi Matsuoka (P)2014 HighBridge Company
"Complex, epic tale....Matsuoka's rich, authoritative storytelling makes this an engrossing read." (Publishers Weekly)
The original, Cloud of Sparrows, was wonderful. Autumn Bridge too was good, but I can't help but think it suffered from this abridged version. The story is told in non-chronological fashion across several hundred years, and I kept wondering what had been left out. Still, if you liked Cloud of Sparrows, you will enjoy Autumn Bridge.
Fear is the mind Killer, so Face Your Fear
It is the #1 Japanese related and #1 fiction I have rlistened to so far.
Gengi. He seemed well balanced. He apprecaited life, but was happy with himself. He understood where he was going and what he wanted, but never rushed the situation. He was patient. I strive for that balance.
A picture into the soul of the Japanese
This book truly showed the way Japanese think and feel. After living there for years I would run into the different values and ways of thinking. This book truly outlines those thoughts and feelings.
I actually liked this book better than the first one in the series. It does leave some holes, but I really enjoyed the way the story continually switched viewpoints and maneuvered back and forth through time. I found it very enjoyable.
Althought the story was interesting, it was hard to follow and confusing to listen to as it kept jumping foward and backward in time. The ending was also disapointing. And lastly, the pronunciation of Japanese words by Japanese characters should not be westernized to keep things realistic.
I am more than half way through this book and I still can't tell what the story line is, there are too many protagonists and the switching back and forth between centuries is driving me nuts. This may be one of the few books I don't actually finish. Very disappointing.
Very enjoyable listening, great fictional history with a bit of fact and realism about the Japanese Samurai culture.
I was truly disappointed in this book. Plot development meandered all over the place and I nearly fell asleep listening to it on several occassions. I was actually glad when it was over.
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